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Welcome to my PC build:

THE DARK GLACIER

For this build I wanted to focus on 2 things: mobility and performance.

I chose to retain some of my older parts from my previous build such as the motherboard and the core i5 2500k, cooled by the 240M by Cooler Master. Despite this processor being quite outdated at this point in 2016, it still works like a charm. I did see some but not significant bottlenecks in CPU intensive games. This being said however, I'll probably be upgrading to Skylake later in the future.

At the heart of the build is of course the GTX 1070. This thing is an absolute beast. Coming from a 970 owner, I saw large performance increases in many games. The card has no problems at all running max settings at both 1080p and 1440p with 60+ fps in all of my games. The windforce cooler ensured that the card stayed under 70°C under full load, even when I overclocked it to 2000 MHz (pretty sure it can go much further!). Very surprised considering it is powered by a single 8-pin connector. As for aesthetics, the slick back plate combined with the RGB lights makes the card look completely badass.

Being a mATX build, all of this is packed into the mini Corsair Air 240 case. It is an amazing chassis overall. The dual chamber design is great for cable management and also aesthetics. All the panels are very modular and the magnetic fan filters are a huge plus for convenience. The drawbacks include flimsy side panels and a hard drive cage that prevents cables being routed to the top left.

There aren't many vendors in Canada that sell custom cables for cheap, so I went with Dazmode for all of my cabling needs. Love the custom blue cables that I bought from them. They are noticeably high quality and there is a large variety to choose from. Also picked up a Darkside LED strip from them, which is extremely bright! Definitely would recommend this company.

Feedback is appreciated! Thanks for the view. :D

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

Intel hasn't done **** until Skylake came out, which even then, not much of a performance boost there. i7-2600K and i5-2500K FTW

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. Sandy Bridge was a huge in terms of a performance leap!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points
"Dark Glacier" is the perfect name for this build. Well done :D

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Appreciate it. :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

But it is a mATX build in a mATX case...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops aha, fixed.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm all about ITX systems. They are powerful little challenges.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks great. Well done.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much. =]

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very inspiring GREAT JOB...She's a looker!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, she is indeed!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciate it!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, I like. Can I ask how you set your fans up? I'm going to be starting a 240 build shortly but the fan set up has me.. Spinning in circles..

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, I see what you did there...

But yeah sure. I got two 120mm fans mounted onto the radiator for intake on the front of the case and two 120mm fans mounted on the top for exhaust. Could have mounted two 80mm fans in the rear for the exhaust but I decided against it. Also you can mount a 120mm intake fan on the rear side panel and another two 120mm fans on the bottom of case (if you have a mini ITX motherboard).

If you're doing a 240 build with a liquid cooler, be mindful that most liquid coolers with thicker tubes allow for one 120mm fan on the top!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building something pretty similar and thanks to your post i finally got confirmation that the big cooler on the g1 gaming fits the Air 240 with an all in one water cooler.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, good luck on your build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hey bro ... will you tell me about yours mobo ? will you type your link of yours mob .i want tp buy this ?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's 5 years old, you definitely won't find it anywhere but eBay!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

My 840 EVO is an older drive. 850 is an excellent choice!

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